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Volunteering: Practical Conservation at Hardy's Birthplace

The Furzecutters is a friendly group of volunteers who meet fortnightly to help the Rangers conserve and maintain Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve. 

The day starts at 10am and work continues until 3pm, weather permitting, but volunteers are able to stop whenever they wish. If staying for lunch then packed lunches are required but teas and coffees are always provided.

Tasks may include:

  • scrub clearance
  • livestock checks
  • path clearance
  • site patrols
  • wildlife surveys
  • traditional woodland crafts (coppicing and hedge-laying)
  • reserve maintenance (fencing, clearing drainage channels, repairing gates and signage)

Please contact the Hardy's Birthplace Team for more information.

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